The downside for overseas buyers is that, unlike the GranTurismo MC for the North American market, the European-market MC Stradale ditches the lauded ZF-sourced automatic transmission for the more hardcore yet much-derided older sequential gearbox. So for those looking for something a bit more sporty than the GranTurismo S but one step shy of the MC Stradale, Maserati's British division has just announced the availability of a new Sport Pack.
Based on the GranTurismo S, the Sport Pack retains the same 434-horsepower 4.7-liter V8, but a new exhaust system has been fitted and the automatic transmission's software has been recalibrated for a more sporting experience. There's also a fresh aero pack and a series of cosmetic tweaks, all of which you can see in the gallery above and the press release after the jump.
Maserati GB is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Sport Pack for its best selling model in the UK, the GranTurismo S Automatic.
This Sport pack further enhances the GranTurismo S Automatic to deliver a performance oriented experience, whilst retaining the ease and convenience of the ZF automatic transmission. The Sport pack for the GranTurismo S Automatic features the super-fast MC Auto Shift softwareand a revised exhaust system which keeps its bypass valves fully open in Sport mode to provide an even richer sound.
The Sport pack also boasts a number of sports styling features. These include body coloured side skirts and front winglets, a stylish black grille featuring the Maserati Trident logo with red accents, black mesh side grilles, black look headlights, an integrated rear boot lid spoiler and oval exhaust pipes, along with Grigio Mercury Neptune-design alloy wheels to finish off its sportier look.
The GranTurismo S Automatic, equipped with dual-cast brake discs as standard, features a 4.7-litre V8 which develops 440 HP (323kW) at 7000 rpm. The maximum torque is 490Nm at 4750 rpm and it sprints from 0 to 100km/h (0 to 62mph) in 5 seconds flat. Its top speed is 183 mph.
The Sport pack is priced at £3,840 bringing the price of a Sport pack equipped GranTurismo S Automatic to £92,480 on the road, including 3 years/unlimited mileage warranty.